The Dilkes Academy
The Dilkes Academy in Thurrock uses sport as a way to get pupils engaged with reading and to spend time with their families.
Many parents and carers in Thurrock face everyday challenges in accessing fun, affordable and meaningful activities that help to build strong relationships with their children.
At the Dilkes Academy, teachers had become aware that the reading levels of boys in Year 4 had dropped, and they felt that sport would be a good way to get them more engaged.
The Sporty Readers project was set up to link reading with sport, with the aim of improving the pupils’ reading levels, while learning a new sport with their parents. Following each reading session, the school’s sports department delivered a fun and engaging new activity such as Archery or American Football.
The project was so successful, the school now offers this opportunity for children in Years 4, 5 and 6 who are not reaching the expected reading or physical activity levels. By providing positive experiences of both reading and physical activity, the children and families enjoy spending time together and it is hoped that this will continue for many years to come.